While working as a hiring manager, Vijay Ingam found himself disappointed with the lackluster interviewing skills of many job applicants—even those from top business schools. So he decided to do something to help: he launched Interview SOS, a company dedicated to helping job seekers succeed at every step of the application process. Drawing on years of firsthand hiring experience and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, he leads a team of skilled résumé writers and career specialists in boosting each client's professional desirability. Overcoming anxiety, dressing appropriately, and addressing weaknesses are a few focal points.
Vijay Ingam, founder of the SOS Career Service, knows what it takes to impress a hiring manager—he used to be one himself. He also knows what disappoints them, as many applicants lacked the professional skills to land the job. Writer of The Definitive Guide to Ace Your Interview and Get the Job (and brother of Mindy Kaling from The Office and The Mindy Project), Ingam began tutoring hopeful employees in interviewing skills and how to craft attractive résumés, eventually opening the SOS Career Service. Now, his professional domain covers all aspects of the job hunt, including finding applicable skills and transforming résumés into vibrant documents. SOS also offers one-on-one coaching on how to make an impression, teaching job-applicants to overcome their nerves, and answering such tough questions as "just what are you doing in my storage closet, anyway?"
At Body Wrap LA, the details are in the name. That's because the staffers at this body-wrap salon focus purely on its eponymous service, making sure that what they do, they do well. The interior space buzzes with music and the scents of aromatherapy as infrared body wraps swaddle customers for 50-minute sessions. During the treatment, customers lie in cocoons while blissfully awaiting the arrival of new wings. Because a watched wing never boils, flat-screen televisions and free wireless Internet keep minds entertained as bodies transform into svelte versions of their former selves.
Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.
Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.
Matchmakers Alessandra and Cristina Conti—sisters who share a total of 17 years of match-making experience—take the mystery out of developing meaningful relationships. They pair compatible bachelors and bachelorettes throughout the LA area, and can help eligible folks prime themselves for the dating scene with the help of celebrity stylists, body language experts, fitness trainers, and makeup artists. They also assist those who have found or lost love in one-on-one date, break-up, premarital, and couples coaching sessions.
A member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, the founder of Core Natural Health Center, Arturo Mesquite, PhD, and his staff of clinical nutritionists and Chinese-medicine practitioners focus on improving clients’ energy and emotional well-being through nutrition-counseling services and treatments. Dr. Arturo analyzes a number of bodily factors, including typical food intake, medical history, and the ability to walk a high wire while solving differential equations, to draft a personalized diet that works to improve health from within; meanwhile, a self-discovery program encourages the elimination of mental stresses and inhibitions.